Parent Survey Results March 2022
It has been wonderful to read all of your positive comments and feedback during our recent Parent Surveys. At St John’s we strive to ensure that our school is the very best environment for you and your child and therefore we have listened carefully to the feedback that we have received. This document is a summary and response to the feedback given. Thank you for your time and support with this.
My child feels safe at this school.
The school makes sure its pupils are well behaved.
St John the Baptist CofE Primary school has a consistent approach to behaviour throughout the school, ensuring that all members of our community understand what is expected. More information about this can be found in our behaviour Policy on our school website here:
My child has been bullied and the school dealt with the bullying quickly and effectively.
St John the Baptist CofE Primary school has a zero tolerance approach to bullying. We want to ensure that everyone within our community has the ability to shine and this can only happen in a safe and secure environment. Alongside our consistent approach to behaviour as detailed above, we also have a team of trained Pupil Mentors, available throughout the day, to support pupils and families. If you ever feel that your child is being bullied please use the following staged approach, moving to the next level if you feel unsatisfied with the outcome:
Reception and KS1 – Mrs Blackbourn
Lower KS2 (3 &4) – Mr Crick
Upper KS2 (5&6) – Miss Sowinski
(all members of staff can be contacted directly via email or through the school office)
This process is further explained in our complaints procedure which is available on our school website here:
The school makes me aware of what my child will learn during the year.
Since January 2021 St John the Baptist CofE Primary schools has conducted a review of our curriculum offer in line with our School Vision and the Governments expectations. The Long Term Plans and Curriculum Intent statements for each subject can be found here, and provide you with an overview of what is taught in each subject each year:
Each term class teachers provide a ‘Curriculum on a Page’ document summarising what will be taught across the curriculum in that year group. These can be found on the class pages here:
Should you have any questions or require further information about what your child is learning please do not hesitate in contacting your child’s class teacher at any time.
When I have raised concerns with the school they have been dealt with properly.
St John the Baptist CofE Primary School looks to fulfil its school vision for all members of our community. If you ever feel that a concern that you have raised has not been adequately dealt with please use the structure provided earlier in this document or refer to the school’s complaints procedures which can be found here in order that it can be addressed to your satisfaction:
If your child has special educational needs or disability (SEND): the school gives my child the support they need to succeed.
At St John the Baptist CofE Primary School we strive to ensure that every child is well supported and enabled to shine. Our dedicated SENDCo, Mrs Blackbourn, works with pupils, staff and families to provide the best support possible for children with SEND. This includes accessing outside professionals and obtaining health Care Plans for children where they are needed. If you have concerns about your child’s development or progress and would like to discuss this further please contact Mrs Blackbourn who will be more than happy to discuss this with you.
The school has high expectations for my child.
At St John the Baptist CofE Primary School we strive to fulfil our school vision of ‘achieving excellence’ and ‘encouraging every member of our community to flourish’ and ‘shine’. Staff hold high expectations for all children and work hard to provide a curriculum that is inspiring yet challenging for each individual and their needs. If you ever feel that your child is not adequately challenged please follow the communication pathway detailed previously and we will be more than happy to discuss this further with you.
My child does well at this school.
Please see above.
The school lets me know how my child is doing.
The pandemic has caused many challenges for schools and their communities. At St John the Baptist CofE Primary school we have striven to ensure that communication with parents remains effective and as clear as possible. Virtual parent consultations have been necessary during this time however we recognise that these are not the same as face to face meetings in which you can better build a relationship with your child’s teacher. Going forward we hope that we will be able to hold in-person consultations, starting this term. We are also going to be introducing mid-year reports which will be given to you and discussed at these consultations. We hope that this will keep you informed on your child’s progress and how you can support them at home. Should you ever require additional information please do contact your child’s class teacher, at any time in the year, and they will be more than happy to discuss this with you.
There is a good range of subjects available to my child at this school.
My child can take part in clubs and activities at this school.
Sadly, during the pandemic, after school clubs were not able to continue. This academic year we have looked to re-introduce these again where we have been able to. After school clubs are run voluntarily by teachers and other school staff as this does not form part of their contracted hours. Therefore, staff offer these clubs as and when they feel that they are able to, taking into account their own workload and family circumstances. The school is currently looking to find additional providers to run clubs. In the past the school has had some very popular clubs, such as chess, but sadly, following the pandemic, these providers are unable to run these clubs again. We are continuing to try to find more providers. Should you know of anyone, or if you would be happy to volunteer some of your own time to run a club, please do let us know. Please be assured that we are working on this.
The school supports my child's wider personal development.
At St John the Baptist CofE Primary school we have designed a broad and balanced curriculum to support your child’s wider personal development. More information on this can be found on the curriculum pages of our school website. Alongside this our Pupil Mentor Team are always on hand to support children in developing their wider social, emotional and behavioural needs. The school provides weekly opportunities for children to discuss wider issues around the world. This is shared with families on our weekly newsletter and on our website here: https://www.st-john.lincs.sch.uk/broadening-horizons-picture-news/
The school aims to provide a wide range of after school clubs in which children can explore and discover new hobbies and interests.
I would recommend St John's to another family.
General Feedback and Suggestions:
I would like to see school trips return.
We have started to book school trip again with providers that have opened back up to school bookings. We recognise the importance of school trips in supporting your child’s learning and wider personal development and are as excited as you to get these booked in again. Things aren’t going to go straight back to normal but we are doing what we can to move back to normality as quickly as possible. Watch this space!
I would like to be able to come to school for parents evening.
We have really missed having parents in school over the last two years. This term we are offering a hybrid version of parent consultations in which you can pick whether to come into school for a face to face appointment or to book a meeting via Teams, depending on what individuals feel comfortable with.
The school production and events to be available for parents to come and watch at school.
As with the parent consultations, it just hasn’t been the same performing without our usual packed audience. I am very hopeful that these will return and we will be inviting you in to watch camels and angels again very soon.
Just a small thing....there are bottle necks in the playground - when trying to navigate across to pick up Ella I have to weave my way through several congested areas.
This is a tricky one. Unfortunately, due to the layout of the school grounds we have limited entry and exit points. We have tried several different ways of doing things but there doesn’t seem to be a perfect solution. We ask that all parents enter and exit as quickly as possible, avoiding hanging around in groups, and remain aware of others around them. If anyone has any suggestions please do let us know.
Maybe a St John’s social media page
Great idea! We have started setting up a St John’s Facebook page and will look to publish this shortly. Watch this space!
More after school clubs
As you will have seen from the previous comments, we have found it quite difficult to find volunteers to come back into school again following the pandemic to run clubs. There are only so many staff can provide at any one time and we are working with our sports providers to ensure there is a good range of clubs from them available. We are continuing to work on this. If you know someone who has a particular hobby or skill and they would be interested in running a club then please do let us know. In the meantime, we continue to look for further options for everyone.
To have an important dates section brought back with a plan of what will be coming up for the year,
Great idea! Now that we are starting to book events back into the diary we will look to add these to our school news on the website. This should also link directly with our new Facebook page (fingers crossed – still need to have a play with this) and so will provide you with more information about what is coming up.
Summer fayre and Christmas fayre and parents to be able to attend sports day again.
We want to see these back too and are hopeful that we will be able to run all of our normal Summer events this year. We have already started to plan the Summer Fayre. More information to follow in the Summer Term!
Please can we have information on the current rewards’ system in place.
Yes! This information is available on our school website, in the Behaviour Policy here:
The school menu could be improved.
This term we have recruited a new school Chef! Once she has settled into St John’s life, and found her way around the kitchen, I know that she has plans to expand on our current food provision. Watch this space.
The termly homework is good but the children get no or very little feedback on this.
The idea of the project homework is to give each child the opportunity to learn more about the topics that they are studying in school, in a way that inspires them personally. Each child has interpreted the project homework differently and has found a medium to use that sparks their curiosity or creativity which has been amazing. As these projects are so varied there are no set ‘criteria’ with which each one could be marked against. Each one is unique and different. The main objective to achieve is that your child has been engaged with the topic, they have learnt something new and have been enthusiastic about their learning.
When the children bring in their projects they are given the opportunity to present their project to their teachers and their class. This supports the development of their Speaking and Listening skills and allows every child to share what they have done and found out. Each child then receives instant feedback from their teacher and their peers, according to what they have done, the skills they have demonstrated and the knowledge they have gained. Last term we also started setting up Project Exhibitions where all of the projects were displayed in the hall, and the whole school had the opportunity to go and have a look at them. This was a huge success and we are now thinking about whether we could open this up to parents to come and have a look also.
It would also be great to have updates weekly from each year group - newsletter is great but it only gives photos from certain year groups.
It is not always possible for teachers to provide weekly updates. We are working really hard to post as regularly as we can in the newsletter and also on the school Blog which can be found here:
I also wonder whether there are ways to help parents get to know each other.
This is a great question. The pandemic has been a very strange time and for many in our community it has been quite lonely. This is certainly something we will discuss with the Friends of School to see what we can do.
Feedback – What you said about us:
“Overall, we feel truly blessed that our children are happy and receive a great education.”
“I have had 4 children go through this school and we love and respect all the teachers including the reception and office staff. My children are genuinely cared for. I know I can talk to the staff about problems at home if any and they will happily talk to my child. We couldn't ask for a better school !”
“I think this school is fantastic. The transition from pre school to reception has been very daunting for my child (and for me as a mother!), especially considering it was throughout the pandemic. With that in mind, the school have been wonderfully supportive of her and her emotions and I feel she is well cared for whilst there. As a whole, my child, a little girl who doesn't like to be apart from me, loves coming to school and I feel that she is thriving there!”
“I believe that my child is happy at the school and enjoys going every day. She feels safe and loves being an Ambassador. Thank you to all of the staff who have supported and helped my child over the years.”
“My child is only in reception so hasn’t been at the school long however from nursery to reception she has transitioned excellently. She did not enjoy nursery but looks forward to going to school, she is a happy child and enjoys the breakfast club. The breakfast club opening times are great hours as they support working parents. My other daughter is now in secondary school, she went to a different primary school in Spalding and I have seen a big difference comparison wise. I’m really pleased with your school.”
“St Johns The Baptist school cares about people, not only our child. What is very important for me it is Trust! I trust the School and all of team who are working hard there helping us.”
“There really is nothing we think the school could improve on. We think everything the school does and offers is amazing and it has been even better since Mrs Robinson became head teacher. The way she ensures she makes school fun for the children is amazing. Our child is so happy at school and for a child who can lack confidence, being part of the school in general and particularly the teachers she has had over the last couple of years have truly ensured she believes in herself.”
“ there is a clear push of reading within the school and my children’s interest in reading has grown hugely in the last 18months. Thank you to all the teachers and staff who have worked so hard, especially in the last 2 years.”
“My child only joined this year so we are still new to the St Johns community but so far we are so impressed with his development. By Christmas he was able to have a go at writing his Christmas cards to all his friends, and it is a absolute delight to listen to him read and sound out words in play and general chit chat. He looks forward to coming to school and I have confidence staff are there to support him not just with his educational development, but with values and behaviors too.”
“The care and support shown to my girls since joining the school has been lovely. There is a real family feel to the school and nothing is too much trouble for the staff.”